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  • 1. Interview TechniquesINTERVIEWCHECKLIST Doyouknowhowtomakeapositivefirstimpressionatajobinterview?Whatdoemployers lookforinajobapplicant?Studythefollowingsixcategories,andthenusethischecklisttohelp youevaluateeachjobapplicantduringthemockinterviews.Finally,usethislisttopreparefor younextinterview.Appearance v Batheorshowerpriortoaninterview v Wearclothingthatisclean,pressed,and wellfitting. v Wearappropriateclothingandfootwear,i.e., dressonestepabovethejobyouare applyingfor v Makesureyour Hairiscleanandcombed Handsareclean Fingernailsarecleanandtrimmed v Wearconservativemakeup,accessories,and jewelry v Brushyourteethandfreshenyourbreath (however,nogum!) v Wearsubtleperfume/cologne(ifany) v Ifyouhavebeltloops,wearabelt v Wearmatchingsocks/hosiery(noruns!) v MiscellaneousWhatshouldyoudoabout v Shaving? Sunglasses? v Tattoos? Hats? v Bodypiercing?BodyLanguage v v v v vSmile Shakehandsfirmly Sitwhenyouareofferedaseat Usegoodposture Showthatyouarelisteningbynodding, takingnotes,etc. v Makeeyecontact v Avoidsendingnegativemessages(yawning, lookingatyourwatch,etc.) v Showcomposure(nofidgeting,playingwith hair,bitingnails,etc.)Responsiveness v v v v v vBeon time Useemployer'stitleandlastname Knowthejobyou'reapplyingfor Showenthusiasm Speakclearly,usingpropergrammar Avoidslang,swearing,andsuggestive language v Answerquestionsclearly,completely,and honestly v FocusonyourstrengthsAttitude v v v v v vShowrespect Bepositiveandenthusiastic Knowaboutthecompany Knowtheinterviewer'sname Havepaperworkcompleted Askquestionsthatshowyourinterestinthe companyApplication/Resume v Makesureyourresumeis Typedonclean,plaincoloredpaper 12pagesinlength notfolded,stapled,orwrinkled v Whencompletingyourapplication, Fillinallblanks Printneatly AnswerallquestionshonestlyClosingtheInterview v v v vStandandshakehands Thanktheinterviewerforhis/hertime Emphasizeyourinterestinthejob AskwhenadecisionwillbemakeFundedbytheUpperRioGrandeWorkforceDevelopmentBoard. [email protected]/Program. Auxiliaryaidsavailableuponrequesttoindividualswithdisabilities. TexasRelay:TelecommunicationDevicefortheDeaf(TDD)711or1800735298918007352988 (Voice)

2. DOSANDDONTSINANINTERVIEW DO AboutYourself DONT AboutYourselfStressyourqualifications. Recountexperienceyouhavehadwhichwould fityouforthejob. Talkandthink,sofaraspossible,aboutthe futureratherthanthepast. Indicatewherepossible,yourstability,good safetyexperiences. AboutTheEmployer Trytolearnaheadoftimeaboutthecompany anditsproductsorservices. Approachtheemployerwithrespect. Stressthecontributionyoucanmake tothe company. Haveavailablealistofformeremployers,time andperiodofservice.InTheJobInterview Personally Rememberthatemployeesshouldbecapable, dependable,trainable,careful,andsteady. Assumeanairofconfidence. Trytobeoptimisticinyourattitude. Maintainyourpoiseandselfcontrol. Trytoovercomenervousnessorshortnessof breath.(Ithelpstotakeadeepbreath) Knowtheimportanceofgettingalongwith people. Letasmanypeopleaspossibleknowyouare jobhunting.Keepstressingyourneedforajob. Apologizeforyourage. Beuntidyinappearance. Displaycocksureness. Feelthattheworldowesyoualiving. Beaknowitallorapersonwhocant take instructions. Dependuponthetelephoneforyourjobcontacts. Isolateyourselffromcontactswhichmighthelp youfindajob. Beoneofthosewhocandoanything. Gotoaninterviewwithoutarecordofyour formerworkconnections. Arrivelateandbreathlessforaninterview. Speakwithamuffledvoiceorindistinctly. Hedgeinansweringquestions. Expressyourideasoncompensation,hours,etc. earlyintheinterview. Hesitatetofilloutapplications,givereferences, andtakephysicalexaminationsortestson request. Makeclaimsifyoucannotdeliveronthejob. Displayafeelingofinferiority. Discusspastexperienceswhichhaveno relevancetothejobsituation.InTheJobInterview Bewellgroomedandappropriatelydressed. Applyforthejobinperson,unlessinstructedto dootherwisebyemployer. Applyforaspecificjob. Answerquestionshonestlyandwithstraight forwardness. Recognizeyourlimitations. Indicateyourflexibilityandreadinesstolearn. Maintaineyecontact.2 3. INTERVIEWINGTIPS Focusonyourskills Donttrytomemorizeinterviewquestions. PracticeInterviewing(Peers,Children,orSpouse). Dontfocusonwhattoaskemployers. Ifyoudontunderstandaquestion,pleaseaskforclarificationofthequestion. Arriveontime. Makesureyouknowsomethingaboutthecompany. Maketheemployerwanttohaveyouasanemployee. Dontsituntilofferedaseat. Dontchewgum.PlanAhead Howwouldyoumanageyourtimebeforegettingtoyourjobortoanactualjobinterview? Thebestwaytomanageyourtimeistoplanadaybefore. Findoutwhereyourjobsite/interviewlocationisat. Prepareyourclothesadaybefore(includingchildrenandspouseifyouhaveany). Prepareanyextrapaperworkthatyoumightwanttohavehandy(resume). Getagoodnightsrest. Wakeupearlyandeatagoodbreakfast. ChecktheradioorTVbeforeyouleavethehousetomakesurethatthereareno accidentsreportedbywhereyouaregoingtopassby.RelaxBeforeandDuringtheInterview Takeadeepbreath. Dowhateverittakestomakeyourselffeelatease(i.e.exercise,sing,run,listento music). Rememberemployersarejustasnervousasyouare.Whataboutillegalquestions???? Illegalquestionsarenotsupposedtobethrownintheinterview,butthereare somethatyoushouldbeawareof: 4. Howoldareyou? Whenisyourbirthday? Inwhatyearwereyouborn? Inwhatyeardidyougraduatedfromcollege/highschool? Areyoumarried? Withwhomdoyoulive? Howmanychildrendoyouhave?OrAreyoupregnant? Doyouhaveadisability? Haveyoubeenarrested? Whattypeofdischargedidyoureceive?(Militaryonly) Nocellphones.PossibleLegalAlternativeQuestionsthatCanandMaybeAsked Areyouovertheageof18? Canyou,afteremployment,provideproofofage? Doyouhaveanyrestrictionsonyourabilitytotravel? Doyouhaveresponsibilitiesorcommitmentsthewillpreventyoufrommeetingspecified workschedules? AreyouauthorizedtoworkintheUnitedStates? Haveyoueverbeenconvictedof______crime? InwhatbranchoftheArmedForcesdidyouserve? Doyouhavereliabletransportation?DifferentTypesofInterviews TelephonicInterview Screeningprocess. Gotoaquietplace. Trynottouseacellphone. Havenotesavailable. Speakslowlyandclear,makesurethatyouunderstandeveryquestionifnotaskfor clarification. Smileoverthephone GOAL:Tohaveaninpersoninterview.4 5. OneonOneInterview Lookaroundyoursurroundings. Makeeyeconnectionwiththeemployer. Dontgetintimidated. GOAL:Haveasecondintervieworthejobitself.PanelInterview Consistofthreeormoreemployersinterviewingyou. Thebestinterviewyouwillcomeacross. Youwillworkwithsomeofthepeoplethatwillbeinterviewing. Shakeeveryoneshand. Makeeyecontact tothepersonwhoisaskingyouthequestion. Trytomakeaconnectionwitheachinterviewer. GOAL:Haveasendintervieworthejobitself.REMEMBER:YOURINTERVIEWISLIKEAFIRSTDATE!!!! Allquestionswillbedifferentdependingonthetypeofpositionthatyouareapplyingfor. Formoreexamplesofmockinterviewsgotowww.jobinterview.net/sample/Demosamp.htm Formoreinformationaboutjobinterviews:www.collegegrad.com/intv/index.shtml5 6. GREETINGTHEEMPLOYER Open: Useemployer'sname Make/Maintaineyecontact Smile Shakehands Introduceyourself Tellthepositionyouareseeking Offeryourapplication/resumeClose: Useemployer'sname Maintaineyecontact Smile Thanktheemployer Shakehands Whenwillyoumakeadecision?6 7. TOPTENINTERVIEWQUESTIONS SuggestionsforAnswering 1.Tellmeaboutyourself. Employersaskthisforseveralreasons:they sincerelywanttoknowaboutyou,your background,andyourskills.Theyalsowanttoseehowwellyoupresentyourselfand howwellyouwill"fit"intotheirworkplace. Whenyourespondtothisquestionsharepositivepersonalinformationaboutyourskills, workhistory,interests,andachievementsandprovehowthesemakeyouagood"fit"for thispositionandthiscompany.2.Whydidyouleave,orareyouleaving,yourlastposition? Itisimportanttobehonestandpositive.Ifyouleft(orareleaving)undernegative circumstancesspendsometimethinkingaboutwhatyoulearnedfromtheexperienceand whatYOUwilldodifferentlytoavoidasimilarsituationinanewposition.Take ownershipofthesituationneverblamesomeoneelse.(Referencebacktothe'Reasons forLeaving'list)3.Whydoyouwanttoworkforthiscompany? Researchthecompanybeforetheinterviewsoyoucanexplainwhyyouwanttowork there.Knowingaboutthecompanyshowstheintervieweryouareseriousaboutwanting ajobwiththem,andcanmakeyoumoreenthusiasticaboutthecompanyandthe position.Italsopreparesyoutoaskintelligentquestionsduringtheinterview.4.Whatareyourstrengths? Sometimeswetakeourstrengthsforgranted,butthisistheplacetotelltheinterviewer thestrengthsyouhavethatrelatetothejobyouareapplyingfor.Knowyourstrengths andpracticetalkingaboutthem.UseConfirmationStatementsto"prove"them.For example,"Iamanenergeticandresponsibleworker.WhenIworkedattheBlueRidge Hotel,Iwasinchargeofschedulingandorderingsupplies,inadditiontocleaningmy shareofroomseveryday."5.Whatareyourweaknesses? Neveradmitaweaknesswithoutturningitintoastrength.Addressweaknessesthatwill notbeaproblemonthejobyouareapplyingfor. Forexample,"Somemayseemylack ofworkexperienceasaweaknessbutthiswillallowmetolearntodothejobyour way."7 8. 6. Whatareyourgoals?orWheredoyouwanttobeinfiveyears? Bebothhonestandpositive.Thoughyoumaynotknowexactlywhatyouwillbedoingin fiveyears,answerintermsofhowyourgoalsrelatetothisemployerandthisjob.Talk abouthowthisjobfitsinwithyourfutureplans.Forexample,"Ihopetoobtainand continueemploymentwiththiscompanyandbeworkinginapositionofgreater responsibilitysuchas____________."Ifyouranswerindicatesnoconnectionwiththisjob orthisemployer,theemployerwillnotthinkyouaretherightpersonforthisjob.7. Whathasbeenyourmostsignificantachievement? Choosesomethingyouhaveaccomplishedthatwillrelatetothejobyouareapplyingfor. GiveaConfirmationStatement thatwillhelpsellyourskills.Forexample,"Raisingmy threechildrenalonehasbeenagreatachievementandtheskillsIlearnedraisingmy children,suchasorganization,flexibility,creativity,anddetermination,willhelpme succeedinthisjobaswell."8. Howwouldyourlastbossand/orcoworkersdescribeyou? Thinkaboutyourskills,yourassets,andyourrelationshipwithothers.GiveConfirmat